KOFO Local News

Commission picks Odessa, Mo., administrator to be Franklin County administrator

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 10, 2014

OTTAWA — Franklin County commissioners have picked the city administrator of Odessa, Mo., to be the county’s next administrator. Commissioners voted this morning to offer a contract to Jon Holmes. Holmes has been Odessa’s administrator for three years. Prior to that he worked for county and city governments in Nebraska and Laramie, Wyo., his home town. Holmes has extensive experience in the nuts-and-bolts operation of municipal and county government, commission chair Steve Harris said. Odessa aldermen and officials give Holmes high markes, Harris said. Depending on the length of contract negotiations, Harris said he hopes to have Holmes start Oct. 1.
Holmes would succeed Lisa Johnson, who served as both administrator and county counselor. Johnson resigned to become the chief counsel for Ottawa University.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m.

Kincaid woman killed when pickup rolls over

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 10, 2014

KINCAID — An 84-year-old Kincaid woman was killed when her pickup rolled over on an Anderson County road just south of K-31 near Kincaid Tuesday afternoon. Leora Ross was driving north on Vermont Road when she lost control of her truck, entered the east ditch, where it overturned, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. She was dead at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m.

Westar issues scam warning

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 10, 2014

TOPEKA — Westar Energy has warned customers of a scam in which someone claims to be a bill collector for the utility. Westar said it has received reports that the fake callers are using technology to manipulate caller IDs so the fake collection calls appear to be from Westar. Westar said it has also received reports that an impostor is entering businesses and claiming to be from Westar. The imposter tells the business that the power will be cut off unless the business owner makes an immediate payment by prepaid credit card. Westar said customers should stop, go on-line or check their bills. Those who are approached by someone who claims to be from Westar should ask to see an employee ID. Westar said its employees will readily show their employee badges. Also, give Westar a call at 800-383-1183 and ask if the utility has sent an employee.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m.

School board hears architects’ pitches for proposed bond issue

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

OTTAWA — The Ottawa school board spent most of Monday night’s meeting listening to three architectural firms – Bartlett & West, DLR and HTK — make the pitch that they are the best ones to design upgrades to existing school facilities to be paid for by a possible school bond issue. The board is expected to pick an architect firm in two weeks. If everything goes as planned, patrons in the school district may be asked to vote on a school bond issue to pay for major improvements to the various facilities as soon as April.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

Escape not so great

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department sent deputies to the jail late Monday night after they received a report of a disruptive inmate. The sheriff’s department said that when they arrived, deputies found John Freeman, 45, Ottawa, pulling down ceiling tiles and trying to escape. The escape attempt failed. The damage to the ceiling was estimated at $200.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

Wheelmen to wheel into Garnett

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

GARNETT — “The Kansas Wheelmen” of Lawrence will roll into Wednesday night’s meeting of the Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail at the Santa Fe Depot in Garnett. The Wheelmen will give demonstrations of their love of the heritage of American cycling, and promote the restoration and riding of early bicycles manufactured before 1918. An ice cream social will follow. The meeting is open to the public. The Friends business meeting is 6:30 p.m., with the Wheelmen at 7 and the ice cream social to follow.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

Habitat seeks volunteers to help park Power visitors

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

OTTAWA — Franklin County Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to work this weekend during the Power of the Past Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Forest Park. The group is especially looking for volunteers to work sometime during Saturday from 8 to 5, Habitat’s Kelly Moore said. She said CarStar has offered to let Habitat to use the parking lot at their new location, which is the former Advantage Ford lot on the northwest corner of K-68 and Main, for Power of the Past parking. Habitat will keep all parking fees at the lot as a fund-raiser. For information, or to volunteer, either e-mail at hfhofc@sbcglobal.net or telephone 242-2600.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

Severe weather a possibility this evening

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

OTTAWA — The potential for tornadoes, hail up to two inches in diameter and winds up to 70 miles an hour exists later today for north and eastern Kansas, the National Weather Service office in Topeka said. The greatest risk for severe storms is in the area north of I-70, the weather service said. Severe weather would flare up in north-central Kansas this afternoon and spread to other parts of the state as the evening continues. The Franklin County area could see severe storms mainly after 5, with high winds the most likely result, although a slight chance of tornadoes and large hail also exists, the weather service said.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

Teenager Park?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 9, 2014

OTTAWA–It won’t happen right away, but in a few years there could be a park especially for teenagers in Ottawa.  At the Ottawa City Commission Study Session, Commissioners were told that a study is under way at making the area between 15th and 17th streets west of the Prairie Spirit Trail into a teen park.  Attractions could include a skateboard path and basketball courts.  The project would cost around $150,000 and take 2 or 3 years to complete.   A lot of fundraising would have to take place to make the park a reality.

Monday, Sept. 9, 11:50 pm

Two men held in shooting death of Topeka police officer

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 8, 2014

TOPEKA — Two Topeka men are in jail in connection with the murder of a Topeka police officer Sunday afternoon. Cpl. Jason Harwood was killed after he pulled over a car for a routine traffic stop in eastern Topeka. A 15-year veteran of the police department, Harwood was pronounced dead at Stormont Bail Hospital in Topeka at about 5 p.m., WIBW Radio reported. A suspect in the shooting, Ross Lane, gave himself up in Lawrence later without incident. He is being held in the Shawnee County jail without bond. A second man, Randy Ridens, Jr., 30, was arrested overnight near Linwood in connection with the shooting. He’s being held in the Shawnee County jail on $1 million bond.
Monday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

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